Relaxed and refined, Camberwell represents the very best that Melbourne living has to offer. Famous for its leafy green boulevards and sweeping historic residences, it’s one of the city’s most expensive and exclusive suburbs. Sought after for its prestige and convenience, its world class offerings are the cherry on the cake.
During the week, trams take students to some of the state’s best schools, including Camberwell Grammar School, Camberwell Girls Grammar School and Strathcona Baptist Girls Grammar School, while professionals enjoy a short commute to the CBD from one of the suburb’s many train stations. Weekends are a relaxed affair, with a tennis club, football grounds and bowls club within strolling distance. Not to forget the beloved art-deco Rivoli Cinema – voted one of the world’s top 10 cinemas – or the infamous Camberwell Sunday Market for a treasure-trove of delights. With trendy eateries and bars reminiscent of the city’s north, such as Legacy and Prohibition Food & Wine, there truly is something for everyone in this jewel of Melbourne’s east.
Burke Road is the lifeblood of Camberwell, and is overflowing with a fantastic line-up of cafes, restaurants and shops. You’ll find everything from antiques and collectibles, boutiques and beauty salons in this diverse part of town. To Burke Road’s rear you’ll discover Montebello Emporium, home to a carefully curated collection of fashion, accessories and home decor products. Continue the shopping extravaganza by wandering to Toorak Road via the myriad of laneways to discover the suburb’s hidden gems. This includes family-owned retailer The Banyan Tree, which has been styling Camberwell homes for more than 25 years through its interior consultations. With products ranging from Made in Melbourne to international designs, it offers a plethora of treats to suit every taste and every budget.
Melbourne’s health conscious travel from all over the city to Wellzones GF, the first gluten free bakery and cafe accredited by Coeliac Australia. It was founded by husband and wife team Liwe and Ivan for their son Marcus, who’s a severe coeliac with a penchant for baked goods. Sourcing organic, free range, fair trade and local ingredients as much as possible, Wellzones GF is a love letter to healthy living as much as it is to delicious desserts. Run don’t walk.
The health-theme continues over at Upwell Health Collective, a tranquil space that offers almost every type of clinical and wellness treatment supported by science (and some by faith). Started by physiotherapist Matthew Stanlake, it’s the first place in Melbourne to combine clinical services with yoga, pilates, Chinese medicine and meditation. With a particular emphasis on community, this holistic healthcare facility supports body, mind and soul for the people of Camberwell.
It’s clear that the style of the city shifts out here – the bustling pace and grafiti-filled laneways of the CBD are a mere memory as you find yourself in a suburban oasis. Relatively generous blocks are filled with fine Victorian and Edwardian houses, some steeped with tradition and others enhanced with recent renovations. Due to its hilly topography, many east-west streets in the Prospect Hill area have an excellent view of Melbourne’s Central Business District. This suburban sanctuary is one of the best kept secrets for the city’s elite.